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The Dog Problem (2006)

R | | Comedy | 7 August 2007 (USA)
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In Los Angeles, a depressed writer named Solo has writer's block after a successful first book of which he's ashamed, and he's broke, thanks to a year in classical psychoanalysis. In their ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Giovanni Ribisi ... Solo
Lynn Collins ... Lola
Scott Caan ... Casper
Kevin Corrigan ... Benny
Mena Suvari ... Jules
Sarah Shahi ... Candy
Tito Ortiz ... Frank
Kimo Leopoldo ... Ted
Brian Goodman ... Joe the Guard
Jennifer Carpenter ... Redheaded Waitress
Laura Katz ... Late Night Waitress
Joanna Krupa ... Taffy
Crispian Belfrage ... Jeffrey the Butler
Med Abrous Med Abrous ... Brad
Melissa Keller ... Escalator Girl
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In Los Angeles, a depressed writer named Solo has writer's block after a successful first book of which he's ashamed, and he's broke, thanks to a year in classical psychoanalysis. In their final session, his therapist suggests that he gets a pet, so Solo buys a scrawny terrier that adds to his problems: the dog isn't house-trained; he owes money to a thug who's angry; at a dog park, he begs a woman he's just met to pay the veterinarian's bill when the dog is bitten; and his friend Casper has introduced him to a persistent rich girl who decides that she wants the dog. He could sell, settle his debts, and return to life with a clean carpet, or he could figure out why he doesn't want to part with the dog. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Eat. Sleep. Therapy. Repeat.

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexual content and nudity

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 August 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$914, 29 April 2007

Gross USA:

$1,344

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,344
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

In the reflection in Lola's glasses the first time in the dog park. See more »

Quotes

Solo: It's good to love something, painful or not, it's worth it. I think the only thing worse than having something and living with the fear of losing it is not having it and looking back with regret.
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Puppy's are forever
23 August 2010 | by alohahomeSee all my reviews

"When a man's best friend is a dog, that dog has a problem."

(from the opening credits)

This basically unknown oddball Independent film is an entertaining dark comedy. It's rated R mainly because of off color language and some sexual situations, which are hardly graphic. Underneath, this film is ultimately good natured at its core. A shrink tells a young writer named Solo, who's troubled and lonely, to try owning a pet to aid his therapy, so he hesitantly gets a "so ugly it's cute" puppy from the pet shop at the local mall. He's totally clueless on how to care for it. However, from that day forward he is never the same again. Suddenly and unaccountably, everyone he encounters becomes smitten by his puppy, who's the real star in this feature. The themes hinge on lost hope and looking for love and connection in a confusing world. Solo happens to meet a pretty woman who, unexpectedly, is also troubled and lonely. Aside from the language, this is a surprisingly charming and quirky little film involving lost souls who meet a dog that inadvertently leads him to some answers about their plight in life. This is lighthearted fun but not exactly a family or children's movie. The ending is touching and sweet. Dog owners in particular will get a real kick out of this film.


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